Trafford Retail Park chaos as shoppers stuck in queues for hours after lorry overturns on M60

It came on a difficult day for Christmas travellers with rail routes and planes also impacted.
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Christmas shoppers at Trafford Retail Park were stuck trying to get out of the car park for hours on Thursday after a lorry overturned on the M60.

The lorry was travelling clockwise around the motorway when it overturned on Barton Bridge at around 8.15am on Thursday. It happened as Storm Pia brought gusts of up to 55mph to the North West of England, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for the region until 3pm.

The lorry overturned on the on the M60 Barton Bridge near Trafford Centre this morning (Thursday, December 21)The lorry overturned on the on the M60 Barton Bridge near Trafford Centre this morning (Thursday, December 21)
The lorry overturned on the on the M60 Barton Bridge near Trafford Centre this morning (Thursday, December 21)
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The M60 was closed clockwise between junction 10 near Trafford Centre and junction 11 in Eccles as recovery and repair works took place. Heavy traffic built up in the area due to the closure, with stoppers stuck in long queues.

Posting on X, @legalrec1 said: "What is going on we are stuck at Trafford retail park… and cannot move!!! Why is it taking so long???"

It came on a difficult day for travellers in the pre-Christmas rush. Rail routes between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston were blocked for around two hours while a handful of planes were unable to land at Manchester Airport due to the strong winds.